Do relationships need to start well to pursue into a strong relationship? One of my friends says that if it’s doomed from the start, there’s no chance it can turn into a great one after. But what is doomed, and what should we consider as a bad start?
R., 34, told me her relationship with her husband didn’t start so well. “We met at the restaurant where he invited me. I was shy, he was embarrassed, and the conversation was a little bit awkward. Both of us were nervous. We said stupid things and didn’t know what to say to each other. I was already thinking in my head it will never work and that we should stop there, but then, the waiter dropped his tray full of glasses on him, and we couldn’t stop laughing. We ended up the dinner on that laughing note, and we decided to give our relationship a go afterwards. We got married last year” she said.
C., 35, said that her first date with her husband was a disaster until the end of the evening. “We knew each other before, but we were just friends, until once, he invited me to his place. He tried to cook us a little meal, but he is a terrible cook. When I ate the first bite of it, I felt forced to swallow it just not to disappoint him. It was awful, I never ate something so disgusting in my life. The conversation was also a disaster. He couldn’t find his words, he tried to make some jokes, but he didn’t make me laugh. When I was preparing to leave him, he just said “please stay” and it just made me unable to resist” she said.
T., 35, said that they waited a whole year until getting together. “We were not supposed to be together. We were engaged with other people when we met, and the meeting was purely professional. Yet, during that meeting, we felt there was something between us. But we never admitted it. He took the initiative to pursue me afterwards, but in a very discrete and subtle way. It was difficult because I had remorse leaving my partner and tons of reservations about us. I eventually yielded to his advances, because I realized I had fallen in love with him, deeply and madly” she said.
Nothing is perfect in this world. So, when everything seems too perfect, there should be some warning signs too. “I prefer a relationship that starts with little bumps on the road than a relationship that starts like if you were in a dream. I once dated a guy who was everything I could hope for, nice, intelligent, caring and romantic. And it turned out he was also playing the serenade to another woman” J., 37, said.
So, if a date doesn’t start well, would you run away or would you consider pursuing it?